Essential Rules of Basic Photography Hilary navarro


Declutter the background, zoom in tight to eliminate background "distractions", or change your angle so your subject remains the focus of the image
Backgounds are completly blurred to give make the flowers the main focus of attention.Aloowing the flowers to have a sharp focus.Although in the depth of field it may be visible that there is something it does not distract the eyes. Soft light could help reduce the shadows on the left picture.

Leading Lines

Use architectural lines - walls, fences, roads, or any lines to lead the eye through the photograph and draw attention toward the main subject.

The red sideline lead us to the main subject, the student. However if the backgound was slightly blurred it would give the subject more focus. His face may not be very clear and his white sweater washes him off a bit. The orange shirt underneath could have centered the attention more on him. Other than that the line do thier job as the direct us to the student.

Rule of Thirds

Frame your image with the subject off center it's more pleasing to the eye and appears more natural than placing the subject in the center.
The subject quickly stands out from everything else. In regards to exposure, there is dark shadows around his eyes that I could have prevented withthe use of diffusers and reflectors. The subject is clearly in focus. Although there is things in the background they dont distract from the focus. In the image the playground shows the depth of field at a distance from the subjct The use of a bright color allows the subject to pop. In the rule of thirds the main subject is located in the on a third. It must remain the main focus without being centered in the middle.


Create a sense of movement by adding active space (the area your subject is facing) and eliminating dead space (the area behind your subject).

The picture captures a spider in its natural habbitat while it performce its corresponding activities.The main focus is on the spider, specifically its face. Its color allow it to pop out and catch our attention. A blurred background allows us to completely focus on the subject, eliminating usless space. In this picture its almost inpossible to distinguish what lays behind.

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